Here’s What Happens When You Hire AI to Do Accounting – Going Concern

When accounting goes unaccounted for
For a good decade we’ve heard about the robots that are going to render accountants obsolete, now we finally get a peek at the glorious technology that will transform the industry as we know it. You should prepare yourself, this advanced technology will have you on the University of Phoenix website ASAP to get a jump on the Master’s of Tik Tok degree you’ll need if you have any hope of being employed in the next five years. Meet Steve:

Steve is what happens when you combine Jason Staats (@JStaatsCPA) and ChatGPT (happy now, Brandon? ChatGPT has officially been mentioned on GC). Like any good employer in this sector, Jason threw poor Steve straight into the deep end with minimal onboarding.
I just hired a new team member to my firm
His name is Steve
I have a couple basic projects to throw his way, let’s see how he does: pic.twitter.com/TAlhmez20j
— Jason Staats⚡ (@JStaatsCPA) December 6, 2022

Because Twitter annoyingly crops out big ass images in embeds we had a human (me) save each image in the tweet chain and manually upload each one, Jason’s tweets are linked in the captions. This website is too cheap to hire some script to do this for me. Yay job security!
Steve is asked what he hopes to get out of this jr accountant job and answers like any new hire should.
IMO the “strong relationships” thing is a bit much, comments like that make HR jumpy. You do you, Steve.
Jason assigns Steve a simple project. “A client needs an income statement for their banker. They just sent over an excel of their business transactions. Don’t spend more than an hour on this.”
This is what Steve provides:
This is probably the point where Steve starts posting on Reddit about how he is overwhelmed on his first day and wondering if he made a poor career choice. Alas, he obliges.


Why is this image so tiny? You know what, I don’t care. Steve receives another review note. He’s crying in the robot equivalent of a bathroom now.
Jason’s faith is wavering but like any good leader, he urges Steve on. Come on, Steve, you can do this.


Steve quickly Googles “passive aggressive messaging for business” and responds to Jason with this. He passes the bag back to Jason which is an effective tactic in the field assuming one did not actually receive the CSV file in question.

Bonus points to Steve for using “hope this helps,” I’ve used that in place of “go fuck yourself” many times in my professional career. This kid will go far.

Are you kidding? Steve is perfect for this profession. Plus with the shortage and all we can’t really be choosy, any warm body wi–oh, wait. He’s not a body. Well whatever, he’s doing his best OK.


Steve, no one would fault you if you walk out right now. But if you’re going to hack it in this profession, you need to learn to internalize your frustration and mask it with feigned helpfulness. We believe in you.

LOL atta boy.

In the end, Jason decided to let Steve go. It’s probably for the best. Steve would probably be a better fit on Replika or as a T-shirt bot on Reddit.
The lesson:
AI isn’t ready for the fast-paced environment of public accounting
But I’ve made worse hires pic.twitter.com/XKvItTCfAj
— Jason Staats⚡ (@JStaatsCPA) December 6, 2022

Good luck to you in your future endeavors, Steve. Follow @JStaatsCPA for more AI harassment ChatGPT experiments. We joke that this thing isn’t taking your job any time soon but it’s a whole helluva lot smarter than it was even five years ago. Might want to bookmark that University of Phoenix internet marketing degree page just in case.
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Pretty sure I worked with these people. Both the Senior and the assistant.
Hahaha
You didn’t bookmarked university of pheonix marketing degree:(
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